Vancouver/SouthVancouver. It is mostly residential and has some of the city's older and more prestigious neighbourhoods. The area is best known for its gardens and parks, such as VanDusen Gardens.
For the purposes of this guide, the district includes everything south of W 16th Ave between Pacific Spirit Park and Heather St and everything south of King Edward/25th Ave from Prince Edward St to Burnaby. 37th Ave forms the northern boundary between Heather St and Prince Edward St. This includes the neighbourhoods of Kerrisdale, Oakridge, Marpole, Killarney and portions of Dunbar, Arbutus Ridge, Shaughnessy, Collingwood and South Cambie. To the north is Kitsilano and South Granville, Mt Pleasant-South Main and Commercial Drive-Hastings Park; to the east is Burnaby; and to the south is Richmond.
By busUBC and South Vancouver is well connected to other parts of Vancouver by the Translink bus system. The following routes are good ways to get in and around:
- #10 - Runs up and down Granville Street from downtown to Marine Drive.
- #15 - Runs up and down Cambie Street from downtown to Marine Drive.
- #17 - Runs along Oak Street and Broadway, connecting UBC and South Vancouver with South Granville and Kitsilano.
- #41 - Runs along 41st Avenue from Joyce SkyTrain Station to UBC through the Kerrisdale area.
- #480 - Travels along 41st Avenue and Granville making select stops between UBC and Richmond.
The Canada Line follows Cambie Street through the district on its way to Richmond and downtown Vancouver. Stops of interest include:
- King Edward - four blocks north of Queen Elizabeth Park and Nat Bailey Stadium
- Oakridge - easy access to one of the larger shopping malls in Vancouver and transfer point for buses that travel on 41st St.
By carGranville Street is the main street coming out of downtown into South Vancouver and also provides access to the airport. From Richmond to the south, Hwy 99 becomes Oak Street once it crosses the Fraser River and runs the length of South Vancouver up to South Granville. Cambie Street is an alternate way through the district to the east of Granville St and Oak St, and also provides access to downtown.
Going from east to west, SW Marine Drive/Marine Drive follows the Fraser River and wraps around Point Grey, connecting UBC and South Vancouver with East Van. 4th Ave, 10th Ave/Broadway and 16th Ave are the main roads into UBC from Kitsilano. West 41st Ave and West 49th Ave are other major east-west streets.
phone: +1 604-878-9274address: 5251 Oak St.VanDusen Botanical Garden has a very large collection of plants in the outdoor gardens. Especially interesting are the Canadian ecosystems, with samples of prairie and deep woods fauna. On the last weekend in April, the garden has a giant plant sale with many species from all over the world (they don't always have a Canadian official there to grant export, however). Plant seeds are available in the gift shop.
phone: +1 604-257-5199address: 6184 Ash Street (near West 45th Ave.)A small museum that documents the history of the Jewish community in British Columbia. Check for interesting summer programs and tours at this museum; in 2007 it operated a "Tour de Blintz" cycling tour, which took participants to local Jewish eateries.
phone: +1 604-264-0499address: 50-950 West 41st Ave. (close to Oak St.)A teaching museum that focuses on the Holocaust, genocide, and anti-racism education. The museum has small thought-provoking temporary exhibits, but these may not be on display during the summer months when the museum traditionally works on mounting its next exhibit.
address: 8705 Angus Drive and West 75th AvenueThis is a local secret that has spectacular views of the airport. One can watch the planes come and go across the river. This park is popular for dog lovers, as its secluded location is perfect for letting dogs roam free. The park is large enough to have a big field for picnics and games, while the riverfront area has its own beach, depending on the tides. At the edge of the park is an industrial park and a golf course.
Vancouver South is served mostly by community centres and one major shopping mall.
- Dunbar is a local shopping area along Dunbar Street south of 16th Avenue.
Cheapskates - 1phone: +1-604-222-1125address: 3644 West 16th AveA consignment store for sporting goods, with reasonably good equipment at cheap and falling prices. Each item has a tag with a price schedule that drops 10% each week. If an item hasn't been snapped up, you could get it for a very low price. The "1" branch carries baseball bats, helmets, and shoes from Mar 1–May 1; junior baseball gloves, inline skates, and scooters from Mar 1–Aug 1; and adult baseball gloves, hockey gear, ice skates, soccer gear, tricycles, and lifting weights all year.
This area tends to have fewer restaurants than the rest of Vancouver.
All India Sweetsphone: +1 604 327-0891address: 6507 Main StExcellent vegetarian all you can eat Indian food buffet for $9.95.
Samurai Sushi Housephone: +1 604 325-8597address: 5888 Cambie Street (at 43rd Ave)Well known for having huge portions for small prices. It also has fresher sushi than some more expensive places. During meal times, it can be very difficult to get a seat. In the summer, it can be nice to get take out and walk down to Columbia Park (1 block east, ~5min). Be sure to try their toro (fatty tuna), and salmon sushi/sashimi. Stay away from their tuna sushi/sashimi because it tends to be too frozen. There is another location at 1108 Davie in the West End.
There are no nightclubs and only a few neighbourhood pubs.
Hotels are a mixed bag in this area, generally being older and cheaper. Most hotels are along Kingsway, with one or two on Marine Drive. A better bet is to look for one of the B&Bs located in the various residential neighbourhoods.
2400 Motelphone: +1 604 434-2464address: 2400 KingswayOlder motel with a number of bungalow units. Reviewers indicate rooms can be small, but they are clean and quiet with a certain charm lent by their age.
phone: +1 604 435-3826address: 2159 W 21st AvenueThree rooms in a renovated old home in residential area. North Suite has a minimum stay of three nights, other rooms require two nights minimum June-Sept.
phone: +1 604 603-7289address: 2172 W 22nd AvenueBasement suite B&B with private entrance, internet and kitchen. Reviewers like its quiet location, comfort and friendly owners; lower rates in off-season.
phone: +1 604 876-5531address: 2075 KingswayReviews indicate the rooms can be small but the beds are comfortable.
phone: +1 604 307-2300address: 5050 Granville StreetB&B in a newer Tudor revival style house. Each room has a king size bed and internet connection.
London Guard Motor Innphone: +1 604 430-4646address: 2227 Kingsway
phone: +1 604-261-6837address: 4080 W 35th AveTwo room B&B close to Pacific Spirit Park. Reviewers rave about the hospitality of the hosts and comfort of the rooms.